No Motivation & Depression: Is There a Link?

Medical and psychological materials note that there’s often a clear link between depression and a loss of motivation. If you’re in the “no motivation” mood, the thoughts below might clear up the problem. Losing a loved one or a relationship, or moving to a new place can be stressful to the point that you feel […]

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Depression doesn’t have to be the End of the Story

Endorphins are the happiness chemicals. We produce them with physical activity and by focusing on happy thoughts. Low levels of endorphins leave us feeling worn out, easily stressed, sensing real or imagined pain, and depressed. Serotonin is a natural anti-depressant responsible for willpower and delayed gratification. Low levels of it can cause a person to […]

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Is it Grief or Depression?

Grief is the reaction to a loss. It subsides over time. We might never feel complete relief for that loss, but being wistful for someone or something is not the same as being depressed. Grief is limited to one or more bothersome losses. Depression is persistent and far-reaching, not necessarily related to loss. It is […]

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The Deceptive Signal of Happiness: Smiling Depression

Sometimes normal people smile though they feel unhappy, maybe miserable. The smile is forced, to deceive other people into believing that the sufferer is feeling fine. That way, outsiders won’t interfere with the sufferer’s efforts to deal with the problem that leaves them feeling hopeless, helpless, and maybe confused. Or, the smile deceives onlookers so […]

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Depression: How Do I Know if I am Depressed?

Nowadays saying “I am depressed” is quite common. The question is: are you really depressed or is this a term you are using because it is a common phrase? You may find that amongst teenagers there is a ‘set way’ to speak with cool lingo. Saying “I am totally depressed” may be something a teen […]

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Changing Requires That Crucial First Step

What is the first step? Why is it important? I find that when speaking to people who are experiencing depression, anxiety or a challenging period of time, that the first step is the most important in activating change. A client I spoke to was having the counselling session with me from his bed. He had […]

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Depressed? Listen to Your Body

Freddie Strasser (2005), writes about sadness and depression, “When sadness arrives at an extreme point in one’s life, when life becomes meaningless and there is no hope of regaining one’s self esteem, then depression may ensue. Meaninglessness is a void that goes beyond sadness when an individual loses all hope.” In this quote, Strasser helps […]

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Basic Self-Help Tips to Help Defeat Depression

Viktor Frankl  (2004) lived through the most horrific period of time, known to human kind as the Holocaust. Frankl learnt a lesson that proved invaluable on keeping himself alive. He learnt that a person can endure any suffering possible if there was a why, a reason, a meaning to it. He taught this vital message […]

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All You Need to Know About Smiling Depression

Psychiatrist Dr. Judith Orloff mentioned in one of her books that as a child she’d noticed one of her mom’s much-accomplished friends flashing handsome smiles at a party, but somehow, he seemed depressed. The mother considered the observation to lack credibility but later realized that her youngster’s hunch had been correct. The popular, financially secure […]

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Identifying High Functioning Depression: Know the Signs

One glance at the front page of Washington Post’s October 26, 2017 edition was enough to cause stomach aches, high blood pressure, and panic, if not reinforcement for existing depression. Headlines addressed How to Adult: Shopping for Groceries, the Democratic National Committee’s frame-up of President Trump in the Russian Dossier created, used and abused by […]